This may not be the best forum to ask the following - so let me know if I have this wrong and let me know how best to proceed. (FYI I'm in Australia and using Joomla 3.5.1)
I have been looking around for ages for a tool to manage our member bands individual membership records and history and have tried to get my head around how CiviCRM can help solve the issues with our current MS Access DB (i use that term very loosely) to record details about each band's members and the bands' financial status with the state governing body. Best thing that attracted me to CiviCRM was the auditing of changes :)
our organisation, at a state level, consists of a governing body for the state with member 'bands'. Bands can be 1 of 4 types and an individual can be a member of only one band for each of the types (most members are a member of only 1 or 2 of the band types).
Qu 1: Should I be using 'Organisations' for each of the Bands or should I use Groups.
Qu 2: Memberships are paid (manually) by bands on a yearly basis. Individuals of a band are regarded as 'paid and active' if the band to which they are associated has paid the fee - their are no 'individual' membership fees payable. How would I go about setting up the CiviMembership extension to do this? I have gone so far as creating one Band and an individual who has a relationship to that band - but not sure where to go to next.
Qu 3: We also have several awards for bands and individuals which we wish to track. Should I be using tags, groups or custom field to record this information. We want to be able to record the type of award and the date it was given.